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What is forgiveness?

What is forgiveness?

Some say, it’s when you let go; when you’re not holding the person’s wrong against them. Others say, it’s when you don’t remember what the person did. And yet, I believe that forgiveness is when you give LOVE, for God is love and for God so LOVED the world that he GAVE…

He didn’t take away, God gave.

God is not a man to lie. (Numbers 23:19) He wants us to prosper. Prosperity is not poverty. There is no lack in prosperity. There is no lack in the kingdom of God. In the kingdom of God there is a constant, consistent flow of goodness and mercy; strength [milk] and health [honey]. There’s no sickness in the kingdom of God. No one is poor in the kingdom of God.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. — Matthew 5:3 KJV

No one is alone in the kingdom of God. No one is unforgiven in the kingdom of God.

And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. — Acts 2:44‭-‬47 KJV

God told me a few months back that his people need FORGIVENESS. He gave me some instructions on what to do with that and I shall do what he has instructed me.

Forgiveness seems so easy, but it’s not about being easy. It’s about being obedient to God, our Father.

— Bella Grace

So a bit about me [for those that don’t know]…I was stabbed thirteen times and pronounced dead 16 years ago. Every one asked me how could I forgive the person that did this to me. My response has always been because it could have been me and I would want to be forgiven. Since then, I have added to my response. I forgave the person because our Father tells us to forgive our debtors as he has forgiven us.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. — Matthew 6:12‭, ‬14‭-‬15 KJV

My ex-husband walked away so many times from our family. The last time being the ultimate grounds for unforgiveness. But nope! It’s just not in my spirit to be that way. I forgave him. Those that know the details question me on why I am not mad that he left me in debt with 4 children. They wonder how is it possible to forgive him or anyone that can do “such a thing.” But, that’s not the concern. The concern is him. God cares for him just as he cares for me and all of us. The debt can always be corrected. The things we lost can always be replaced. That’s not the issue. The issue is he needs forgiveness and forgiveness is love.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. — 1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬8 NIV

God needs for us to pray for our brother [him]. Not to pray for him to be with us. No, to pray for him to become one with his heavenly Father. (John 10:30) To pray for him to accept God’s will for his life by accepting the Holy Spirit in his heart and confessing it with his mouth.

God tells us about praying amiss and how we pray and don’t even know what to pray. It’s time for us to pray as Jesus taught us to pray. (Matthew 6:9-13) For our Father’s will to be done in us and through us in this earth as it is in heaven. It’s time to forgive: to give love. Love as our Father says to love. Love as our Father gives love. It’s time to pray for our enemies and bless those that curse us. To love those who despitefully use us. Ahhh to forgive. Forgiveness. Are you willing to forgive. Are you willing to let go and let God be God through you? Are you willing to be like Jesus and let God use you by way of the Holy Spirit? My prayers are with you.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ — Matthew 25:35‭-‬40‭, ‬42‭-‬45 NIV

I want to encourage you to continue on your mission. We are called to preach the gospel. It will reach many. Not just physical but spiritually. I pray for your faith to not fail as well. As I sit here in this hotel with my children, I just tell God thank you for the mission he has given me. A mission that seems impossible. However, the good news is that it’s not, because all things are possible with God.
Be encouraged. Be inspired. Be who God created you to be.

Apostle Bella Grace

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